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Ask Us Anything: “Writers for Hire: Freelancers, Collaborators, and Ghost Writers”

April 11, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

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Our Ask Us Anything program gives writers the chance to ask WLT staff members and special guests any and all of their burning questions on a specific topic, both by submitting questions ahead of time and asking them during the live event. During the event, chat box chatter is encouraged, giving participants the chance to meet other writers.

Please note: This is a members only event. Only WLT members will be able to RSVP for the live event and submit questions.

There are lots of ways to make a living as a writer, but getting into the industry is shrouded in mystery. Join us for a conversation with Sandra Bark and Deah Berry Mitchell, two writers at the top of their game, as we discuss everything you need to know about freelancing, ghost writing, and collaborating.

What burning questions do you have about writing for hire? You can share them with us ahead of the event via this form and then tune in for the live webinar on Tuesday, April 11 where all will be revealed. The deadline to submit your questions is Monday, April 10th at 3 PM CDT.

RSVP to receive the link. We hope to see you there!

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Featured Presenter(s)

Sandra Bark is a collaborator and ghostwriter whose acclaimed projects include ten New York Times best sellers. Her approach to collaborative writing is founded on two relationships—the one an author has with their material and the one that readers will have with the book. With the belief that great books are written with openness and generosity, her focus is always on showcasing each author’s voice and perspective:

  • Cameron Diaz’s two landmark books about women’s health, drawn from conversations with leading scientists, are warm and accessible. #1 New York Times best seller THE BODY BOOK is based on her passion for fitness and nutrition, and spent six months on the best seller list. #2 New York Times best seller THE LONGEVITY BOOK, a groundbreaking examination of aging, was inspired by her experiences as a woman in Hollywood and her memories of her grandmother’s strength.

  • Justin Timberlake’s #2 New York Times best seller HINDSIGHT, a collection of personal stories and reflections, is written with his trademark humor and his developing awareness of himself as a father.

  • Astronaut Hayley Arceneaux’s WILD RIDE is a moving, funny memoir about surviving childhood cancer and going to outer space, grounded in her characteristic optimism.

  • Jeremiah Brent’s forthcoming THE SPACE THAT KEEPS YOU is an emotional design book that offers an intimate exploration of place and belonging, rooted in his deep curiosity about what it means to truly come home.

For every project—memoir, creative nonfiction, and practical nonfiction—when an author feels a strong connection with their pages during the writing process, she knows they are creating a book that invites readers to feel as if they are in close conversation with the author.

Deah Berry Mitchell is a freelance food writer, historian and 5th generation Texas native who’s a proud alumnus of Southern Methodist University. Berry Mitchell is currently enrolled as a PhD student at UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School where she is studying history and writing her dissertation on Black Texas foodways during emancipation. Her freelance work has been published in the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, and her weekly food column, The Dish with Deah can be read in the Fort Worth Report. She is also the author of “Cornbread & Collard Greens: How West African Cuisine and Slavery Influenced Soul Food”. Berry Mitchell resides in Dallas, Texas and serves on several local boards and has recently been appointed as a board member for the National Juneteenth Museum.


April 11, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT
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